Creating Conscious Inclusion: 4 Interventions that Create More Mindful, Inclusive Organizations

Inclusion 2019: Shifting Workplace Culture
Develop an understanding of how unconscious bias impacts your organization and strategies for addressing it in your organization.

Much has been written about unconscious bias training, especially regarding the question of whether or not such training has the ability to impact organizational performance. This is an important inquiry, because the time and cost of training programs are great enough to warrant close examination of the results that they produce. The content of this session is drawn from over 20 years of studying research about unconscious bias and actively working with clients in hundreds of companies. This framework, which has four areas of focus, is an intervention strategy that has been applied to dozens of organizations and is designed to impact the entire organization. The purpose of this session is not to establish the case for the importance of unconscious bias work, as has been established within the inclusion, diversity, equitability and accessibility community, but rather to focus on a fundamental question: Is there a sustainable way to impact bias within your organization?

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the ways that unconscious bias can impact organizational systems.
  • Learn why training often fails and how education can be designed and delivered to have a sustainable impact.
  • Learn a four-stage intervention strategy that can be applied in your organization to create sustainable change.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Howard J. Ross

Howard J.

Howard Ross is lifelong social justice advocate, and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.  Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and major institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance. His latest  book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2018, received the Nautilus Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. His next book, Building Belonging: 9 Pathways to Creating Inclusive and Joyful Organizational Communities, will be published in 2020.


Salon FGH (Third Floor)
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Concurrent Session
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
HR Expertise
Leadership & Navigation
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All Levels
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